Top 10 Questions to Ask When Interviewing an Architect

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If you have never worked with an architect, you may be asking yourself, what questions should I be asking during the interview process? Here is list of 10 basics:

1. Is the architect interested in this project?

2. What is the architect’s current work load, how busy is the architect?

3. What steps or phases are involved in the design process?

4. What type of materials / information would the architect expect you to provide?

5. What is the architect’s design philosophy?

6. How does the architect establish fees, what is the fee structure? Are there options?

7. How will the architect convey design intent to you? Will you see drawings, sketches, or 3D models?

8. If the scope of the project changes later in the project, will there be additional fees? How will these fees be justified and/or tracked?

9. Who from the architecture firm will you be dealing with directly? Is that the same person who will be designing the project?

10. Does the architect have a list of past clients that you can contact?

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